Song Puxuan

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Song Puxuan
宋普选
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Director of the CMC Logistic Support Department
In office
September 2017 – April 2019
Preceded byZhao Keshi
Succeeded byGao Jin
Commander of the Northern Theater Command
In office
February 2016 – September 2017
Preceded byNew office
Succeeded byLi Qiaoming
Commander of the Beijing Military Region
In office
December 2014 – January 2016
Preceded byZhang Shibo
Succeeded byOffice abolished
President of the PLA National Defence University
In office
July 2013 – December 2014
Preceded byWang Xibin
Succeeded byZhang Shibo
Personal details
BornMarch 1954 (age 65)
Boxing County, Shandong
Political partyCommunist Party of China
Alma materPLA National Defence University,
Shandong University
Military service
Allegiance People's Republic of China
Branch/servicePeople's Liberation Army
Years of service1969−2019
RankPLAGeneral r.png General

Song Puxuan (Chinese: 宋普选; born March 1954) is a retired general of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA). He served as Director of the Logistic Support Department of the Central Military Commission from 2017 to 2019. Prior to that, he served as Commander of the Northern Theater Command, Commander of the Beijing Military Region, Deputy Commander of the Nanjing Military Region, President of the PLA National Defence University.

Biography[edit]

Song Puxuan was born in March 1954 in Boxing County, Shandong Province. He joined the PLA in 1969, and served in the Jinan Military Region for decades. He later rose to become a division commander in the 67th Group Army, Chief of Staff of the 54th Group Army, and Deputy Chief of Staff of the Jinan Military Region.[1] He has a bachelor's degree from the PLA National Defence University and a graduate degree in Marxist philosophy from Shandong University.[2]

Song attained the rank of major general in 2002. In 2006, he succeeded Huang Hanbiao [zh] as Commander of the elite 54th Group Army, which is nicknamed the "Iron Army". In 2008, the 54th Group Army participated in the relief efforts of the Great Sichuan earthquake under his leadership.[1]

In 2009, Song was promoted to Deputy Commander of the Nanjing Military Region, succeeding lieutenant general Xu Chengyun [zh], who had retired. He attained the rank of lieutenant general in 2010. In July 2013, Song was appointed President of the PLA National Defence University, replacing Wang Xibin. In December 2014, he replaced lieutenant general Zhang Shibo as Commander of the Beijing Military Region, while Zhang took over Song's old position as President of the PLA National Defence University.[1] It was considered an extraordinary move by paramount leader Xi Jinping, as Song is not a member of the 18th Central Committee, while most past commanders of the key Beijing MR, including Zhang Shibo, had been Central Committee members.[3]

On 31 July 2015, Song Puxuan was promoted to general (shang jiang), the highest rank for Chinese military officers in active service.[4]

Song was the chief commander of the 2015 China Victory Day Parade marking the 70th anniversary of the victory over Japan.[5] On February 1, 2016, he was named commander of the re-organized Northern Theater Command.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c 接替宋普选 张仕波任国防大学校长 [Zhang Shibo succeeds Song Puxuan as President of National Defence University]. Caixin (in Chinese). 30 December 2014. Retrieved 19 June 2015.
  2. ^ "Song Puxuan" (in Chinese). National Chengchi University. 4 August 2015.
  3. ^ Cheng Li (August 2015). "Promoting "Young Guards": The Recent High Turnover in the PLA Leadership (Part I: Purges and Reshuffles)" (PDF). China Leadership Monitor (48): 10.
  4. ^ "China promotes 10 officers to general". Xinhua. 2015-07-31.
  5. ^ 延续国庆阅兵惯例,北京军区司令员宋普选担任抗战阅兵总指挥. The Paper. September 3, 2015.
  6. ^ 五大战区司令员、政委公布. Phoenix News. 1 February 2016.